The agency shuffle continues in the Rick Scott administration. The latest move involves the Florida Lottery.
Gov. Scott announced the appointment of Jim Poppell, a former minister, to head up the lottery. Poppell currently serves as chief of staff at the Department of Economic Opportunity. He’ll assume his duties as lottery secretary on July 10.
“During his time at DEO, Jim has helped provide Florida families and businesses with the support they need to succeed. I am confident that Jim will continue the Lottery’s focus on fighting for students and achieving record sales to invest in our education system,” said Scott. “I look forward to working with him to further support Florida students.”
Prior to serving as chief of staff at DEO, Poppell served as the agency’s general counsel.
From 2006 to 2010 he served in leadership positions with NextEra Energy, Inc., and Florida Power and Light. Before that, he served as a minister for 21 years.
Former secretary, Tom Delacenserie, left the Lottery earlier this month to pursue a new position in Kentucky. His chief of staff, David Mica, has been the interim secretary.
With a year-and-half remaining in his second and last term in office, Gov. Scott has seen a flurry of activity as members of his administration look for jobs elsewhere. He has appointed a number of new agency heads in recent weeks.